The Red Eléctrica Campus in Tres Cantos. Energy refurbishment using geothermal energy

Last 14 March, the Chairman of Red Eléctrica de España, José Folgado; the Corporate Director of Resources, Ángel Mahou, and the Manager of the Human Resources area, Jose Antonio Vernia, presented the awards for its best in-house energy efficiency projects of 2017 at the VI Edition of the REE Efficiency Awards. These aim to promote the development of initiatives that help showcase the Group’s commitment to energy efficiency and the fight against climate change. One of the jury awards was for the project named ‘Geothermal energy at Red Eléctrica’, in the category of energy-saving measures, for contributing to improving the HVAC in the Tres Cantos Campus buildings and in the Demarcación Centro offices in San Sebastián de los Reyes, both in the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

The ‘Geothermal energy at Red Eléctrica’ project helps improve the HVAC in its buildings at the Tres Cantos Campus (for which a saving, compared to a conventional installation, is estimated to be in the region of 83,000 kWh per year) and in the Demarcation Centre in San Sebastián de los Reyes (estimated saving of about 58,000 kWh per year), by using geothermal energy complemented by systems that reduce energy consumption. This article offers a detailed description of the general features of the geothermal installation, as well as the reduction in energy consumption achieved at the Tres Cantos Campus.

Although this project is outstanding due to its commitment to implementing geothermal energy, it is very important to bear in mind that the best efficiency option for a building is the optimal combination of different elements that achieve the best performance for that specific case. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2018